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I am thrilled to be working at Q13 FOX News. Moving back to the amazing people and unrivaled beauty of the Pacific Northwest is a dream come true.

I grew up in Longview, Wash., and lived in the south Puget Sound for several years before beginning my broadcasting career in Reno, Nev., as a photojournalist. I then moved more than 2,000 miles away to Greensboro, N.C., where my nearly 10-year long stint in the deep south began.

After almost 7 years working as a photojournalist and reporter in Atlanta, I packed up my life and returned to my home state of Washington.

I live in Seattle with my partner and our awesome dog.

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Recent Articles
  • State trying to balance rising wolf population with ranchers’ concerns for livestock

    CLE ELUM, Wash. — The population of gray wolves is on the rise in Washington. Now the problem for the state is trying to balance the wolf`s recovery with the needs of ranchers in danger of losing livestock. In the lush Teanaway Valley, cows amble along and graze. But rancher Sam Kayser knows the wolves are close. “We just had one of our animals killed. State and federal wildlife officials confirmed it,” he said. It’s that kind of interaction that […]

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    18 counties in Washington under ‘extreme fire danger,’ including King, Pierce, Snohomish

    PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — It’s an unprecedented summer as 18-counties in Washington state are under extreme wildfire danger, including both King and Pierce counties. The cooler temperatures on Monday weren’t enough to eliminate the threat. The Sunrise Fire near Graham has already scorched 80 acres, and thousands of people have been told they should be ready to leave their homes. This fire sparked just a couple of days ago and firefighters believe they have a pretty good handle on it. […]

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    Badly decomposed body found in duffel bag in SeaTac identified as Utah woman

    SEATTLE — The badly decomposed body found in a duffel bag outside a SeaTac apartment building was identified Thursday as a 23-year-old Utah woman who was visiting the area. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office said the remains were that of Jenna K. Ferguson and that her estimated time of death was July 20. Her body was discovered in the bag a week later, on Monday, July 27. The King County Sheriff’s Office said her death is still being investigated […]

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    Police release surveillance video in search for Lacey arsonist

    LACEY, Wash. — Police need help to hunt down an arsonist who allegedly set fire to the Bongiorno Brew coffee stand. Surveillance cameras caught the fireball that destroyed the stand on Lacey Boulevard last week, but the cameras also caught a glimpse of the suspect. The coffee shop is still closed and the damage inside is extensive. But the DVR recording the surveillance cameras survived and caught the suspect in the act. Police say the suspect had a clear plan. […]

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    What forest rangers are doing to keep campfires from turning into wildfires

    HOODSPORT, Wash. — The folks who run the Olympic National Forest say this spring was drier than it has been in 130 years. The North Fork of the Skokomish River is running low — so low that rocks that are usually under water are now visible. “With the lack of snow and rains, the vegetation is extremely dry and ready to burn,” said Micah Johnson, fire management officer for the Olympic National Forest. Johnson worries about illegal campfires that sit […]

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    Trash, drug paraphernalia, even used needles left in Kitsap County park

    KITSAP COUNTY, Wash. — One man-made a freighting discovery at a local park, and it could be putting kids in danger. Piles of trash, drug paraphernalia, even used needles tossed on the grounds of South Kitsap Regional Park. It’s a large, beautiful park with lots of fields and trails, and at first look it’s very clean – but the danger’s are just steps off the beaten path. David Rosser said he’s tired of people trashing his favorite park. “They take […]

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    Seattle Fire Dept. urges homeowners to take action to protect property from potential brush fires

    SEATTLE — The Seattle Fire department is asking for the public’s help to reduce the risk of brush fires in city neighborhoods. The department held a press conference Wednesday to talk about the increased fire dangers, but before they could start, crews had to knock down a brush fire that erupted nearby. Fire crews quickly doused a homeless man’s illegal campfire in Discovery Park before it got out of hand. The unusually warm, dry weather has the department working overtime […]

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    Brush fire scorches grass, burns garage in rural Kitsap County

    PORT ORCHARD, Wash. – A quick moving 3-acre brush fire scorched grassland and a garage. It happened at a farm on Linda Lane Southwest near Port Orchard early Tuesday afternoon. The wildfire’s cause is still under investigation but the homeowner said his two grandsons heard fireworks and then saw smoke. The boys tried to fight the flames but the wind pushed the fire out of control Nearly 20 firefighters from across Kitsap County worked the fire. The narrow, dirt road […]

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    Cooler weather not lowering fire risk in state

    LYNNWOOD, Wash. — The busy fire season has firefighters working overtime all across the region. The weather is so dry out there fires are starting in unpredictable ways. The Lynnwood Fire Department mopped up a quick-moving grass fire at Meadowdale Neighborhood Park over the weekend; fireworks likely sparked the flames. Neighbors Joe and Aida Baygua watched it all happen. “It’s kind of scary,” said Aida, “Because we are very close.” The multiple fire calls and the hot, dry weather is […]

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    VIDEO: Autumn Veatch haunted by not being able to save grandparents in plane crash

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. – After surviving a plane crash, then wandering for days in the wilderness, 16-year-old Autumn Veatch is still processing everything that happened. Veatch’s small airplane went down in Skagit County last weekend, killing her step-grandparents. She walked through the wilderness for two days until she could find help. She is now at home in Bellingham recovering. Autumn shared her experience with Q13 Fox News in Bellingham.